Continuing my quest for excellent Q in OC and nearby parts of LA County, it'd been about 3 weeks since my last taste of BBQ beef ribs. I decided to finally check out one of the four SoCal locations for a rib joint that's been on my list for the longest time, Johnny Rebs' Southern Roadhouse, at their Long Beach location.
Pulling into their unpaved dirt parking lot, Johnny Rebs' is a tiny little standalone shack. I walked in just a few minutes past noon, and the place was packed. This is a very casual place, very small, with maybe around 20-30 small boothes, and peanut shells all over the floor from the free peanuts on each table.
After waiting a few minutes to be seated, since I'd been craving beef Q, I decided on the BBQ beef rib platter, with hushpuppies, Texas caviar, and Brunswick stew as my sides. For $9.79 for the lunch platter, this was a pretty good deal. I knew I was in for something good when the waitress tied a bib around my neck after I place my order. :-)
Starting with the beef ribs, I got 3 nice pieces, plenty big. Fair ratio of meat to bone on the ribs, the meat was very tasty, very close to fall-off-the-bone tender, lots of BBQ sauce that made it very messy. :-)
Quality-wise, Joey's BBQ still tops my list for beef ribs, but Johnny Rebs' comes a close 2nd behind, and ahead of Chris & Pitts, where I had my last beef rib meal.
Sides were quite good, too. Normally, I'm not much of a fan of cornbread or hushpuppies, but these hushpuppies were quite good and soft after biting through the slightly hardened exterior. The Brunswick stew was a nice soup of beef and chicken bits simmered with potatoes, tomatoes, and corn. I really liked this, as I hadn't tried it before. As for the Texas caviar, I never ordered this before, so I wasn't sure what I was getting. Turns out to be black-eyed peas with chopped onions and tomatoes. These were decent, but I didn't finish off the whole bowl.
Enjoying a good meal for a very reasonable price, Johnny Rebs' has a full menu of other Southern dishes that I am looking forward to trying when I visit again. The chicken fried steak, Southern fried chicken, Cajun sausage, St. Louis pork ribs, and pulled pork were all begging to be ordered today, but alas, I decided against ordering 6 meals in one sitting. :-)
Johnny Rebs' Southern Roadhouse
4663 Long Beach Blvd
Long Beach, CA
3 other locations in Bellflower, Orange, and Victorville.
While the Long Beach location is a bit too far for me to add Johnny Rebs' into my restaurant rotation (20 miles away), I'll definitely visit again whenever I'm driving by the area.
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